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Worker Dies at Northwestern Ontario Mine

Updated: 07/11/2014 4:18 PM
Created: 07/11/2014 4:17 PM WDIO.com

A worker at the Lac des Iles mine near Thunder Bay died after being pinned under a large rock Friday afternoon.

Ontario Provincial Police say the 38-year-old man was using a load haul machine to move rocks 825 meters (2,706 feet) below ground when he became pinned.  Mine rescue responded, but the worker was pronounced dead at the scene.

The name of the victim was not immediately released because family members are still being notified.

The mine is owned by North American Palladium Ltd., which expressed condolences to family, friends, and colleagues.  The company is offering grief counseling for employees.

The incident is under investigation by the OPP, Ontario Ministry of Labour, the company, and the union.

The Lac des Iles mine is on Highway 527 about 90 km (55 miles) northwest of Thunder Bay.

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